Eight Newcastle players were notable by their absence from the action at Gateshead on Friday night, with it being revealed that one of them, Remy Cabella, is set to miss the pre season trip to America.
Steve McClaren told reporters that the winger has picked up a thigh injury and the club are expecting to find out how serious it is, when they get the results of a scan later today.
“I think Remy Cabella is a doubt for America.
“He has picked up a knock on his thigh and we find out the results of a scan on Saturday.”
United ran out one goal winners at the International Stadium in a less than convincing performance, Massadio Haidara earning a penalty after five minutes and Papiss Cisse putting the spot-kick away.
In all 22 Newcastle players were used, with a completely different team taking the pitch in the second-half. It looked as though it was going to be 23 on the night but despite warming up, Haris Vuckic didn’t join the action.
The two elevens were:
First half: Darlow, Janmaat, Haidara, Lascelles, Williamson, Anita, Colback, Gouffran, Cisse, Sissoko, De Jong
Second half: Woodman, Bigirimana, Satka, Good, Ferguson, Tiote, Obertan, Aarons, Perez, Armstrong, Riviere
As well as Remy Cabella, there were a number of other players who weren’t involved:
Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux and Fabricio Coloccini all noticeable by their absence.
Reports in the preceding days had indicated Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett wouldn’t feature due to still recovering from their respective injuries.
Krul and Abeid only recently returned after being involved in summer internationals, though Sissoko and Janmaat did play last night in the first half, despite being in a similar position.
As for Coloccini, Marveaux and Elliot, who knows.
The fact that the likes of Satka, Ferguson and Bigirimana were all involved, doesn’t suggest that it was because there weren’t enough shirts to go around.
It will be interesting to see who gets on that plane to America this weekend, with no doubt possibly one or two staying behind to try and sort new clubs after being told they won’t be considered in the coming season.